DALLAS – Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry and her daughter, Karen Berry, will host a part virtual/part live event at 11 a.m. (CST) on Nov. 12 for the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. The event, titled “Beading, Weaving and Reviving Lost Cherokee Arts,” is free and open to the public.
The two-hour virtual presentation includes a PowerPoint, two demonstration videos (beadwork and finger weaving), a museum curator talk and a Q&A between the United Kingdom and the artists in Texas.
“We are excited. It is free, but you should register. Also, please note the time shown in the link is Scottish time. In the U.S. it will be 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 12,” Martha said.
Martha is a nationally renowned beadwork artist and is a Cherokee National Treasure. She was born and raised in Tulsa. Her grandmother and mother taught her how to sew and embroider at age 5, and she later became a professional seamstress.
As a Cherokee artist she creates elaborately beaded bandolier bags, moccasins, belts, knee bands, purses and sashes inspired by the styles of Southeastern tribes, including the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Yuchi and Alabama. Her work is displayed in museums throughout the country.
Karen grew up in Texas and resides in Garland, Texas. She learned about Cherokee culture and art through her mother. She is known for her gourd art and incorporates pre-European contact and modern Cherokee designs into her work.
She began finger weaving in 2012 in the style typically done by Southeastern Woodland tribes during the 18th century. She, along with other weavers, has helped lead a revival of this traditional style within the Cherokee Nation. Additionally, she has revived the practice of creating bandolier bags using this technique.